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Dec 27, 2012 6:00am EST
is that we celebrate. so, 225 years ago, let's say august, 1787, self-government exists almost nowhere on the planet outside of the new world. you have a few sheep and herders in switzerland before there were swiss banks. [laughter] and holland in the netherlands are in the process of losing self-government and england has the house of commons but also has the house of lords and a hereditary king and so, you look back -- so it's a vast multitude on the planet but no self-government in russia, and china and india and africa, most of europe. you look back through the previous millennia and you have democracy and self-government existing in very few tiny city states, athens because they can't defend themselves militarily and even when it did exist people would speak the same language and worship the same god, the same climate and culture, a very small little area. that is all of world history. and you look today, democracy is half the planet. if you asked me what changed, what was the hinge of all of that i think i would say the word we the people. 225 years ago the hinge of world history
Dec 26, 2012 7:30am EST
parties and our governing institutions is problem number one. problem number two which is the toughest thing for us to say and for many people to hear is that in the parties are not equally implicated in this. we have something called asymmetric polarization in which the republican party has in recent years become almost a radical insurgency quite prepared to repeal a hundred years' worth of public policy. so we don't know how to cope with the situation when both of our parties are not operating in the pain -- in the mainstream, and the book is written to help people understand why this has happened and what we can do about it. >> now, wasn't there a time, though, that the democrats were the party that was asymmetrically out of balance with the rest of the nationsome. >> oh, yeah. that's been true many times in history, most recently in the late 1960s, you know, over vietnam and other issues. but you could go back to the 1890s which was the last period of dramatic polarization like this when the democrats were off the rails on the left. you know, we come out of these terrible problems,
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am EST
meaning that big government, big corporations and big unions would decide who's going to win and who's not going to win, and that he would take a less aggressive role abroad in what we now call lead from behind. a lot of these historians wondered how he was going to accomplish so much when he had two wars going on at that time in iraq and afghanistan, and even lyndon johnson couldn't get a lot of his domestic stuff passed when he had two wars going. but obama said, well, i can do it because -- he didn't say these words, because i'm special. and it was a real insight into his character which has a great deal of i would call over self-confidence, human hubris, t pride if himself, and a view of he doesn't really understand how the world works which makes him an amateur. >> host: you report on the conversation that held place in that historians' meeting, and you say that he had proposed a new term for his term in office, and that was a new foundation -- >> guest: yes. >> host: and what was -- >> guest: and doors kearns goodwin who is one of the historians there said i don't think that's
Dec 29, 2012 2:00am EST
in the government and as a major cities a conservative but the reason that the reporters have called him moderate is not because of his voting record but it's because of his manner and in this climate, she has a moderate manner and that he is willing to talk to democrats. he is willing to work with sam and engage with president obama on issues and there are some liberal democrats so maybe that is the language that we should be more careful to use. >> can i just follow a format? i think susan is right. it's about more than ideology it would be a mistake to say this is nothing but an ideological polarization of the parties. it also has to do with the sort of process of politics and a belief in the legitimacy of the other side and the willingness to engage in the give-and-take. barney frank, you've got to love him pretty well with his ranking republican spencer bachus but once the finished in the committee even though many of his ideas were included, i can't possibly support you because my party has a strategy. it's a political strategy that i can't do anything about it. there is a dynamic at work t
Dec 27, 2012 2:00am EST
have three banch branches of government. let's go with that. most have vie -- an independent executive works well for massachusetts and new york. let's build on that. many of the bill of rights. george mason he gives u.s. virginia bill of rights. that's model for the federal bill of rights. abolition of slavery occurred in several states. and we have to study, you know, and make amendments. what has gone before us. we have the duty to the future, i think we danger it best when we actually are understanding or respectful of the past. that's part of the national archives is about. if i could just, on a personal note, tell you the story why i'm here. and justice thomas' presence needs no explanation. he's justice thomas. what the heck am i doing here? well, when i was 11 years old, i came to the national archives, and i got this document that is big, big verse of the emancipation proclamation, and it was edition of the emancipation proclamation. you can take a look at the 100th anniversary of september 1962 and the archives released that a special edition for kids like me. and i got my pi
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